Rethinking Race and Slavery at 400 Years Conference at Avon Old Farms School
 November 8, 2019 from 8 a.m.—4:30 p.m.

Commemorating the quadricentennial of the origins of slavery at Jamestown, this conference aims to identify and challenge conventions of teaching and scholarship about slavery and race. Bringing together scholars of race and slavery as well as secondary educators, the conference will feature both academic papers and demonstrations of teaching.

The conference is filled to capacity and registration is closed. Thank you for your interest.

Our students and faculty will participate as audience members at all sessions.

Manisha Sinha

Manisha Sinha, author of The Counterrevolution of Slavery: Politics and Ideology in Antebellum America and The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition. Professor Sinha holds the Draper Chair in American History at the University of Connecticut. 

Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar

Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar, author of Hip-Hop Revolution: The Culture and Politics of Rap and Black Power: Radical Politics and African American Identity. Professor Ogbar directs The Center for the Study of Popular Music at the University of Connecticut and is a member of the History Faculty.


Along with addresses from our keynote speakers, the conference will feature 11 sessions focused on the following topics:

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About Avon Old Farms

Inspiring excellence in the education of young men since 1927, Avon Old Farms School is an innovative center of teaching and learning. Founded by pioneering educator and architect Theodate Pope Riddle, Avon continues to operate beyond conventions and current trends as it promotes the intellectual, creative, and emotional growth of our students. 

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Avon Old Farms is located at 500 Old Farms Road, Avon, CT and is convenient to Hartford, Amtrak, bus lines, Route 84, Bradley Airport, and the greater New York City and Boston areas. 


Questions? Contact the Conference Chairperson

Christopher Doyle